Brewers sign RHP Figaro to Minors deal

The Brewers have signed right-hander Alfredo Figaro to a a Minor League contract that includes an invitation to Major League Spring Training camp, raising to four the number of nonroster pitchers who will compete for a job with a team in the process of renovating its bullpen.

Figaro, 28, spent the last two seasons in the Japanese Pacific League with the Orix Buffaloes. Before that, he appeared in 14 Major League games with Detroit, including two starts, in 2009 and 2010, posting a 6.54 ERA with 21 strikeouts and 18 walks in 31 2/3 innings. According to FanGraphs.com, Figaro averaged 92.4 mph on his fastball in those limited appearances, and also threw a slider, changeup and occasional curveball.

He spent six seasons in the Tigers organization (2005-10) after beginning his career in the Dodgers’ farm system (2004). Figaro signed in Japan after going 10-6 with a 4.14 ERA in 23 starts at Triple-A Toledo in 2010. In Japan, he was 8-11 with a 3.31 ERA in 35 games, 31 starts, and struck out 127 batters versus 55 walks.

The Brewers most recently scouted Figaro in the Dominican Winter League, where he had a 2.63 ERA in three starts and three relief appearances for Licey. He is a teammate of Brewers pitching prospect Ariel Pena, and the team is currently being managed by Brewers Triple-A manager Mike Guerrero.

The Brewers other nonroster invitees are right-handers Jairo Asencio and Darren Byrd, left-hander Travis Webb, catchers Dayton Buller and Blake Lalli, and infielder Hector Gomez and Donnie Murphy.

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